Ginat trance x

jadamson
jadamson Posts: 644
edited January 2010 in MTB buying advice
anyone riden one for trail centers?

im thinking of buying the 09' frame for £699 and putting all my fury bits over...what do you think? :D

p.s no full sus vs hardftail debate on here please :lol:

Comments

  • will they all fit?

    things to check are steerer length on the forks (so headtube lengths)
    seatpost size (can be expensive for a new post and new clamp)
    front mech size.

    otherwise, it's a great frame.
  • gaz047
    gaz047 Posts: 601
    jadamson - hi i've got a 08 x0. had it for a year now and very happy with it, light, stiff and the maestro suspension works well.
    gets used mainly in the dark peak, but has also had some time at trail centres (llandegla, penmachno, coed y brenin, marin trail, gisburn forest, north face trail) and i have no complaints.
    ideally try and demo one first to see if you get on with it, if you can't i got a medium (18") and am 5ft 9" if this is any help
    if it ain't rainin.....it ain't trainin
    Stick your 'rules' up your a%se
  • sniper68
    sniper68 Posts: 2,910
    What's a Ginat :wink:
  • Phonk7
    Phonk7 Posts: 178
    I own a giant trance X3 2008 and its a GREAT bike, saying that if your an aggressive rider DO NOT BUY IT.
    I have had to true both wheels buy a new rear derraliur (however you spell it lol) and a new disc (it bent). all of that was just from jumping off steps and riding some small northshore in my garden (btw i only weigh 9 stone if your any heavier and do this you will DESTROY IT) . I dont think ill use it again just fix it up and save up for a new bike and sell it.
    However i dont know what bits your putting on, it could be DH sort of stuff for all i know, but yeah the frames great and the maestro suspension works a treat.
  • andituk
    andituk Posts: 122
    Thats not really the bike though is it? Its the components..

    Not sure what wheels are on the X3, but can't imagine anything OEM on a trail bike will be up to much jumping, and the other stuff would have broke whatever bike it was on?

    I've got a 2009 X2 that I've been using in the dark peak, and regularly ride Lee Quarry and have done Gisburn on it, and never found it lacking. Very confidence inspiring ride. I got a good deal on mine, but I'd still be thrilled with it if I'd payed the full RRP.
  • gaz047
    gaz047 Posts: 601
    btw i only weigh 9 stone if your any heavier and do this you will DESTROY IT

    errr, no you won't
    if it ain't rainin.....it ain't trainin
    Stick your 'rules' up your a%se
  • Phonk7
    Phonk7 Posts: 178
    gaz047 wrote:
    btw i only weigh 9 stone if your any heavier and do this you will DESTROY IT

    errr, no you won't
    Sorry i may have mislead you, i meant if you weigh more than 9 stone and ride it aggressivly you will destroy it. i didnt read the post properly but yeah its an xc sort of frame, i dont think he will be putting dissimilar parts on it
  • xtreem
    xtreem Posts: 2,965
    A local guy broke the arch on his Marzocchi MZ Comp and then the RST which replaced the MZ. Now has a Dart 2.

    Also he broke one crank arm, it was Truvativ Isoflow, his rear and front mech and lubed his rotor. :shock:

    He weights 8st and never done more than 3ft drops, which means that the rider isn't paying any attention on his bike when riding.

    But his Kona Firemountain frame from 2000 is still holding up well.
    I say buy the frame, looks good and will be strong enough.

    Trance X:
    Seatpost - 30.9mm
    Headtube - 14.5" (120mm)/ 16" (130mm)/ 18" (145mm)/ 20" (165mm)/ 21" (190mm)
    Front mech - 34.9mm mostlikely , so as the seatclamp

    What's yours?
  • I've just done a frame only build of a Trance X and I'm totally thrilled with the result, so I'd say go for it. At £699 that frame is a complete steal. I don't think there's a better suspension design on the market than Maestro, at least for general trail use.

    As for being stong enough, I've done 4-5 feet drops without a problem and mine is built fairly racy apart from the wheels, which are EN521s.

    The other thing I'd say is lose the conical spacer to lower the front, otherwise it fels like a bike that should have a shopping basket.

    Finally, I don't know if you've seen the 09 frame in the flesh or on line - if ever there was a bike that looked better than in pictures it's this one - the frame takes on the background hue of anything around it and makes it look as pretty as anything out there, including all the US boutique brands.

    i'm a fan!!
    Giant Trance X 2010
    Specialized Tricross Sport
    My Dad's old racer
    Trek Marlin 29er 2012
  • rhyko7
    rhyko7 Posts: 781
    decent maintenance goes a long way, loose spokes buckle wheels etc.-nuf said

    i bought the entire trance bike for 600£ new (Giant trance 3 2007)-lot heavier and knarlier than the newer ones tho
    they are nice bikes to ride with well thought out geometry and the maestro just works away subtely and smoothly
    Dont look at it-ride it! they are tools not f*cking ornaments

    my riding:
    http://www.youtube.com/user/rhyspect

    Some of my Rides Data/maps:
    http://www.trimbleoutdoors.com/Users/527337
  • anjs
    anjs Posts: 486
    Head tubes are very long check your forks will fit
  • Diddly
    Diddly Posts: 35
    I'm thinking of buying a Giant Trance X3. What size should I go for? I am 5'7" (170cm). I tried a medium and I thought it was ok, maybe a bit tall. 1st guy in the shop said it was ok, 2nd said I should go for small as did my mate who came along to give advice. I've borrowed a medium demo from a different shop (the guy in there thinks the medium is right) that I'm going to try out tomorrow. But any advice from owners or anyone who's tried one would be really helpful. I'm confused for now, at least till I give the mediuma a go. ;-)
    Santa Cruz Solo Alloy 2014.
    Specialized FSR XC Pro 2010.

    You don't know Diddly!
  • rhyko7
    rhyko7 Posts: 781
    Diddly wrote:
    I'm thinking of buying a Giant Trance X3. What size should I go for? I am 5'7" (170cm). I tried a medium and I thought it was ok, maybe a bit tall. 1st guy in the shop said it was ok, 2nd said I should go for small as did my mate who came along to give advice. I've borrowed a medium demo from a different shop (the guy in there thinks the medium is right) that I'm going to try out tomorrow. But any advice from owners or anyone who's tried one would be really helpful. I'm confused for now, at least till I give the mediuma a go. ;-)

    im 5ft10 and ride the small, i should ride an 18" rather than 16" but i prefer smaller bikes as they are more manouverable

    my point is its personal preference:
    whether you like to be a bit more spread out and in a better position for climbing, but a bit stretched for ballance DHing.
    or a little more compact/cramped climbing but be able to manouvre the bike DH better.
    if i was your height it would be between the small and xsmall, but most people would be deciding between the small and medium as you are.
    Dont look at it-ride it! they are tools not f*cking ornaments

    my riding:
    http://www.youtube.com/user/rhyspect

    Some of my Rides Data/maps:
    http://www.trimbleoutdoors.com/Users/527337
  • blister pus
    blister pus Posts: 5,780
    ibbo68 wrote:
    What's a Ginat :wink:

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  • £699 is a good price but you can buy a complete Trance X for just £150 more at Pauls Cycles.......
    2006 Giant XTC
    2010 Giant Defy Advanced
    2016 Boardman Pro 29er
    2016 Pinnacle Lithium 4
    2017 Canondale Supersix Evo
  • Diddly
    Diddly Posts: 35
    The Medium seems ok cockpit wise, no different to my current bike (see signature). But it seems a whole lot taller even taking into account sag. My current bike gives me really bad shoulder ache after an hour or so. so maybe the cockpit is too long? would a small frame place the handle bars lower and cause me more back problems? cheers.
    Santa Cruz Solo Alloy 2014.
    Specialized FSR XC Pro 2010.

    You don't know Diddly!